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Me and My Little Black Dress

Today, Tuesday, is the launch day for The [Un]documented Mark Steyn in my delightfully deranged Dominion of Canada. If you're passing a newsstand from Vancouver to Gander, "Apocalypse STEYN" is plastered across the masthead on the front page of today's National Post, and inside you'll find a lengthy excerpt: A decade or so back, early in the 2004 presidential election season, a publisher took me to lunch and pitched me a book. She wanted me to write a John Kerry election diary. Easy gig. All I ...

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Trafalgar Day Among the Undocumented

Happy Trafalgar Day to my Commonwealth cousins. It's not as big as it used to be, but it commemorates a decisive battle that determined the 19th century would belong to England not France. It therefore marks the dawn of the two centuries of Anglo-American dominance that, alas, now seems to be sputtering to an ignominious end. This year Trafalgar Day is also, if you'll forgive an opportunistic appropriation, Day Two of the launch week for my new book, The [Un]documented Mark Steyn. The book's ...

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Moving the Center

Always fun to start the day with Fox & Friends. This morning I was up bright and early for interviews re my new book, The [Un]documented Mark Steyn. Brian Kilmeade wanted to talk about the excerpt that appeared in The New York Post, arguing that politics trumps culture. Here's what I said to Brian: "Effective conservative leaders, [Ronald] Reagan and [Margaret] Thatcher, take the two most obvious examples, move the center towards them," he said. "Mrs. Thatcher had a great line. Before you can ...

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The [Un]documented Mark Steyn

Undocumented and Loving It

The [Un]documented Mark Steyn lands in bookstores across the US and Canada today and I'll be out and about plugging it all week. You can catch me live on Fox & Friends just after 8am Eastern/5am Pacific this morning, and on the radio with Sean Hannity coast to coast at 3pm Eastern. I'll be checking in with Hugh Hewitt nationwide for a one-hour special at 6pm Eastern. Full details at right.

Hugh gives the book "five stars for funny plus despair-inducing". I wouldn't say there's that much despair, but there's certainly plenty of funny. [Un]documented is a grand cavalcade of my writing from the last couple of decades or so, from publications around the world - America, Canada, Britain and beyond - plus some favorite riffs from my guest-hosting stints for Rush Limbaugh and even from my stage appearances. It deals with all the big topics - like Islam - but also all the small stuff - like Kinder Eggs - that help illuminate the big picture. The New York Post has a generous excerpt, which they introduce as follows:

Though his new collection of essays, "The Undocumented Mark Steyn: Don't Say You Weren't Warned" (Regnery), recounts many of the biggest political events of recent history, bestselling author Steyn says that's not the real battleground...

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A Se'nnight of Steyn, October 13-19

In case you missed it, here's how the last seven days looked to Mark

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The Hugh Hewitt Show

Fever Pitch

After a lengthy sojourn overseas, I came back to The Hugh Hewitt Show to find that Hugh had decided to celebrate my return to his show by taking the day off. So Mark Larson guest-hosted and was kind enough to put in a plug for my new book: MARK LARSON: Mark Steyn is back with us here, New York Times bestselling author. In fact, another new book coming out in just a couple of days on the 20th, officially, The [Un]documented Mark Steyn: Don't Say You Weren't Warned, and I've got to tell you, Mr. ...

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Protocol Theatre

Thomas Frieden has now got his Protocol Ali routine down pat: Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said during a telephone press briefing Wednesday that you cannot get Ebola by sitting next to someone on a bus, but that infected or exposed persons should not ride public transportation because they could transmit the disease to someone else. Gotcha. You can't get Ebola on a bus or a plane, you can only give it. Good to know. Thanks, Doc. The Centers ...

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Steyn on the World

The Strong Horse

From General Maude to ISIS: The rise and fall of the western Middle East

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Heart of Gold, Brain of Sludge

Today I started the day with one of my favorite morning men, the king of Toronto talk, John Oakley. We discussed Ebola, inevitably, and I mentioned that, according to the WHO, the fatality rate is 70 per cent - that's if you don't go to hospital, if you just stay in your upcountry West African village with friends and neighbors and tribal elders, and don't take a single pill or fill in a single piece of Obamacare-compliant Blue Cross/Blue Shield paperwork. On the other hand, if you do go to a ...

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Mark's Mailbox

Once More Into the Striped Hose...

Another week of lively letters from SteynOnline readers

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Ave atque vale

Palace Intrigue

One of the odder episodes recounted in my new book The [Un]documented Mark Steyn is my dinner at Buckingham Palace on the eve of the referendum on the Australian monarchy. A man whose political fortunes helped shape the republican movement died today at the age of 98. Gough Whitlam was a controversial Aussie Prime Minister who was even more controversially transformed into an ex-Prime Minister. In 1975 - on Remembrance Day of all days - he was fired by the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr. By ...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

The Quality of Mercer

Mark is en route to New York to start a week of media appearances to launch his new book, The [Un]documented Mark Steyn. You can find full details in our "On The Air" box at right. Hugh Hewitt, who'll be interviewing Mark on Monday, says: "Moon River and Me" @MarkSteynOnline '09 essay on Johnny Mercer alone worth the price of book Well, that's very kind of Hugh. So, to mark the book's publication tomorrow, here's a little bit more of Steyn on "Moon River" and him. Five years ago, Mark presented ...

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Mark at the Movies

Outbreak

Now that Ebola has been loosed upon the land, I thought it would be jolly to have a killer-virus picture for our Saturday movie date. It seems as likely as any a way for the world to end, probably in a fortnight or so. Perhaps that's why recent remakes of franchises once based on more apocalyptic nuclear and space-alien scenarios now root their origins in viral pandemics - see the end of The Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes or the ghastly Nicole Kidman take on Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. I ...

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Three Days and Counting...

They've found a cure for Ebola! Well, okay, not a cure, but a palliative. Quoth the Instapundit:

If there's a major epidemic, you might be better off locking yourself in a room with a bunch of pedialyte.

But also keep a copy of Mark Steyn's brand-new book, The [Un]documented Mark Steyn, so that you can at least die laughing.

-just in case you needed a public-health rationale to buy the book.

The [Un]documented Mark Steyn is released in America and Canada on Monday, so I'll be hitting the ol' promotional trail pretty extensively in the days ahead:

~On Sunday, there'll be an excerpt of the book in The New York Post.

~On Monday, I'll be launching the book in the US with Sean Hannity on the radio.

~On Tuesday, I'll be launching the book in Canada with my fellow freespeecher Ezra Levant on the telly...

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Defend Free Speech!

Up the Amazon with Dr Mann

Michael E Mann, inventor of the global-warming "hockey stick" and self-garlanded Nobel Laureate, is a public figure. That is an important legal distinction in his interminable defamation suit against me, but it is also true in a broader sense.

Not every scientist or professor is a public figure, but a scientist who writes celebrity columns for The Huffington Post and The Guardian, and appears in campaign commercials for powerful politicians, and stars in a big-budget James Cameron telly series with Matt Damon and Jessica Alba, and writes a book not about science per se but about an epic global struggle for truth and justice with him as the embattled hero can hardly claim he wants to be left alone with his Bunsen burners.

So Dr Mann is a public figure.

The problem - both for his lawsuit and for his long-term mental health - is that he's temperamentally unsuited to be one. As Miss Alba could surely explain to him, celebrity - even minor celebrity - requires a certain resilience...

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Defend Free Speech!

Do As I Say, or the Planet Gets It

Forget ISIS, forget Putin, forget the Iranian nukes: John Kerry and Chuck Hagel are focused like lasers on climate change

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Mann vs Steyn

Football and Hockey

The Corner post that launched a lawsuit...

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